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October 2017 Archives

How to deal with a difficult ex during Halloween

Holidays are supposed to bring out the best in people.  Unfortunately, the drive to make things "perfect" may bring out the worst in people. This is especially true when it comes to warring parents planning Halloween festivities, because of how difficult and petty a parent can be about having their way. Even when an exception can (and should) be made, a difficult parent may want to make things as challenging as possible simply because they can.

Are grandparents entitled to parenting time?

In some families, grandparents are such an integral part of a child’s life, it is easy to assume that they automatically have custody rights. After all, more grandparents are raising children compared to past generations. According to a 2012 U.S. Census Bureau report, 7 million grandparents had at least one grandchild living with them.

Secrets of a secret stash

We have all heard jokes and comedy routines about wives having a “secret stash” or a “rainy day fund” that can fund girlfriend trips or shopping sprees, but we often get questions about whether it is beneficial to have such a fund in the event of a divorce.

The 'hidden' obligation in I-864 affidavits

You have probably heard this story before. A man courts (or is courted by) a beautiful young foreign national, they develop a relationship online that fosters into something romantic. A marriage proposal follows, and the immigrant spouse moves to the United States through a marriage visa.

Three instances where you should not initiate a divorce

While our prior posts focused on managing the emotional and logistical pitfalls that may come about during divorce, we find it prudent to dedicate a few of our upcoming posts to planning for divorce. After all, the old adage “if you prepare for the worst, you can expect the best” isn’t far from the truth. Planning not only helps you put things in perspective, it can also identify and help you avoid tough legal and financial issues.

When parents share custody, all benefit

Traditionally, when Virginia parents of young children divorce, physical custody is often awarded to the mother. However, this is not necessarily the best option for all families because it puts limitations on how the mother's life can develop, on the relationship between the father and his children, and on the emotional well-being of the children. A growing alternative, which seems to benefit all, is shared custody.

How to co-parent with a toxic ex

There are many reasons why an individual may consider his or her ex to be a toxic person. In some cases, this label may be given out of frustration or fear about an upcoming divorce. However, it may be necessary for Virginia residents and others to maintain a relationship with their former spouse or partner if they had children together. The best thing to do is to put the needs of the child first at all times.

What happens in an initial consultation?

It’s hard to know what your first meeting with an attorney will be like. After all, many people don’t consult one until after something tragic happens (i.e. being in an accident, or losing a loved one).  While you may feel like you are alone in feeling nervous and unsure, take solace in knowing that this is normal. Nevertheless, initial consults with a family law attorney should accomplish three important goals, and this post will identify them. 

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